South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland have a great variety of species, with over 900 species in Southern Africa, many of which are endemic to the region.
The Big 6
When visiting the Kruger National Park, try to spot the Big Six:
Lappet faced Vulture | Martial Eagle | Saddle billed Stork | Kori Bustard | Ground Hornbill | Pel’s Fishing Owl
According to South African National Parks, it is estimated that there are only between 25 and 30 breeding pairs of Saddle-bills in the park, plus a handful of non-breeding individuals. However, because they are so large and striking in appearance and are very prominent along major water points, visitors regularly see them. But these numbers make them far rarer and more threatened than animals such as cheetah and wild dog.
South Africa has a multitude of nature and game reserves that provide facilities and services to bird enthusiasts such as bird hides, trails through their natural habitat, information sheets and experienced guides that are equipped to find more elusive species and point them out to visitors.
Did you know?
The Southern Ground Hornbill can grow to a height of 130cm and have eyelashes to die for! They are monogamous, pairing for the 30 – 40 years of their lives unless their mate dies.
They produce only one chick approximately every 9 years and it is a real treat to see them in nature.
As the largest eagle in Africa, the Martial Eagle is incredibly powerful and capable of knocking an adult man off his feet.
South Africa also hosts a number of African migrants such as cuckoos and kingfishers, as well as birds from the Arctic, Europe, Central Asia, China and Antarctica during the year.
Meet the Crown Prince
The unusually shaped, extremely shy Shoebill Stork is one of the most sought-after sightings on the avid bird watcher’s bucketlist.
These phenomenal birds can be viewed in Zambia or Uganda.
Want to extend your adventure?
Visit one of our neighbouring countries: